Freshman Seminar
Shawn Newman & Ernesto Chavez

Required Text:

Your College Experience – ISBN-10 0312602545 / ISBN-13 9780312602543

 

Breakfast at Sally’s -  ISBN-10: 1602392935 /  ISBN-13: 978-1602392939

 

This I Believe:  Life Lessons  ISBN-10: 1118074548 /ISBN-13: 978-1118074541

 

Joan of Arc: The Warrior Saint [Paperback]  ISBN-10: 0313361266 | ISBN-13: 978-0313361265


Syllabus will be posted on the course SMU Moodle Page

Course Description

A seminar for first year students that provides orientation to university life and study, as well as experiences contributing to student growth, development and academic achievement. Required for all first-year students. 

A personal message from your instructors:

Welcome!  Coming to college signals a radical change in the lives of most students. For many of you, it will be the first time to experience the freedom of living on your own and being fully responsible for your actions. For all of you, it signals an assumption of greater personal responsibility to yourself and to the members of a larger community. First-year Seminar is designed to help you make a successful transition to this new culture of academic life by establishing a foundation of academic expectations, skills, and practices, as well as assisting you in forging links to the greater Saint Martin’s community and future success. All of us here at Saint Martin’s want you to succeed. But that depends on you! Take your education seriously and treat it as if your life depends on it because it does.Class Policies and Expectations

This class is run in accordance with policies of student deportment and expectations as stated in the student handbook. See:http://www.stmartin.edu/studentservices/pdf/studenthandbook.pdf starting at pg. 58.

Statement to Students with Disabilities:

Students wishing to request appropriate accommodations are responsible for initiating contact with the Office of Disability Support Services. The office will access the individual needs of each student, assist him or her in communicating those needs to faculty and staff and help the student obtain the materials, services, and the assistance necessary to successfully pursue their higher education. 

Statement to Students Concerning Academic Dishonesty:

The Saint Martin’s Student Handbook defines “academic dishonesty” to include “cheating and plagiarism.”

Sanctions and procedures are set forth in the Handbook as well. 

 While it is acceptable to use ideas from the internet or other people, you must cite sources for any ideas that are not original to you. Written classroom assignments must be your original work or properly cited sources. Acts of academic dishonesty, plagiarism and cheating are considered unethical actions and a violation of university’s academic policy and can result in your expulsion from SMU.

Attendance & Participation

Attendance in class is extremely important. This is a combination lecture/project course. As such, I count on your continued positive contribution to the class community.

There will be many assignments and class discussions that cannot be made up. To receive full credit for attendance, you are expected to be on time to every class and stay until the class ends. However, in the advent of illness, family emergency, or games for athletes, I will be flexible. If you will miss class please call or email me in advance if at all possible. This is the most responsible and respectful method of dealing with absences at the university level.

Personal Issues

I strongly encourage you to contact us if you are having any difficulties in this course, other courses, campus life, etc. If we cannot help you, we will find someone who can.Incomplete Policy

In accordance with SMU policy: in order to request an incomplete grade in this course you must be passing the course at the time of the request and you must have completed at least half the course.

Grading: Grading will be based on 500 points determined as follows:
  • 2 major papers @ 100 points each - 1 based on the book Breakfast at Sally's and 1 based on the book Joan of Arc
  • 2 presentations @ 100 points each- 1 based on your personal This I Believe essay and 1 group project based on the book Your College Experience
  • Active class participation & attendance (100 points). 
NOTE: This syllabus is subject to change depending on class progress and other factors. Therefore, be sure to check the current assignments.

Statement to Students concerning Academic Dishonesty: 

Acts of academic dishonesty, plagiarism and cheating are considered unethical actions and a violation of university’s academic policy (SMU Catalog). Sanctions and procedures are included in the SMU Academic Catalog.

Statement to Students with Disabilities:

Students wishing to request appropriate accommodations are responsible for initiating contact with the SMU Office of Disability Support Services located at 214 OM [phone 438-4580; lpuryear@stmartin.edu]. The office will access the individual needs of each student, assist him or her in communicating those needs to faculty and staff and help the student obtain the materials, services, and the assistance necessary to successfully pursue their higher education.

University Mission and Academic Values (SMU Catalog - Selected Excerpts)

University Mission: To know, to care, to serve – to educate
University Academic Values: Knowledge, Spirituality, Hospitality, Service, Creativity, Communication, Inquiry, Discovery, Holistic Education.

I expect students to come to class ready to engage: discuss the readings, participate in weekly forum discussions and raise current events of legal interest. 

Class participation can and does make a difference!!


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